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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Evan Peters ...  James March / ... 94 episodes, 2011-2018
Sarah Paulson ...  Lana Winters / ... 85 episodes, 2011-2018
Denis O'Hare ...  Spalding / ... 60 episodes, 2011-2016
Kathy Bates ...  Madame Delphine LaLaurie / ... 58 episodes, 2013-2018
Jessica Lange ...  Constance Langdon / ... 53 episodes, 2011-2018
Frances Conroy ...  Myrtle Snow / ... 52 episodes, 2011-2018
Lily Rabe ...  Misty Day / ... 48 episodes, 2011-2018
Angela Bassett ...  Desiree Dupree / ... 48 episodes, 2013-2018
Cheyenne Jackson ...  Will Drake / ... 43 episodes, 2015-2018
Emma Roberts ...  Madison Montgomery / ... 38 episodes, 2013-2019
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Storyline

Both physical and psychological horrors affect a decomposing family, workers and residents of an insane asylum, a coven of witches, a cast of circus freaks, the employees and guests at a struggling hotel, a family who moved into a mysterious farmhouse, the members of a small suburb in Michigan, and the surviving members of the Apocalypse in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction, and exploitation.

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You're going to die in there. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Horror Story: Asylum See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Danielle Panabaker was considered for the role of Hayden in season one, but later on Kate Mara was cast instead. See more »

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Frances Conroy ("Old" Moira O'Hara) is right-eye dominant. Many times you can see that she, as Moira, is focusing on the object she's looking at using her "blind" right eye instead of her left eye. See more »

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Dr. Ben Harmon: My professional opinion: Whoever painted this wall had some deep, psychological issues.
Vivien Harmon: I thought you had a patient.
Dr. Ben Harmon: Ah, they bailed. Do you need some help cleaning up?
Vivien Harmon: Yeah.
[Hands him a tin bowl]
Vivien Harmon: Thanks.
Dr. Ben Harmon: This thing doesn't tweak you out?
Vivien Harmon: I, there's something about that I find... really comforting.
Dr. Ben Harmon: All my psych professors tell me that people tell stories to cope with their fears, all art and meds are just creations to give us some sense of control over the things we're scared of: afraid of ...
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finally a good haunted house story
7 October 2011 | by pepper13See all my reviews

At last they've come up with a great haunted house story. Not too much gore, just creepy eeriness. The writing is great, the story leaves you wondering what is going on. (Spoilers) They deal with real issues like infidelity, miscarriage, teen angst, down syndrome, although that little girl is not your typical down syndrome child. However, her mother, played by Jessica Lange is fabulous. A polite, albeit pushy southern bell type, yet, "If you touch my child again, I'll break your arm". I love the house, starting in 1978 when it was decrepit, and falling apart, to present day when it has been completely refurbished. I would love to explore a house like that. The use of split second visions, leaves you wondering, what did I just see? I think this is going to be a great series, I can't wait for more!


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